Surrounded by vines and olive trees, this 19th-century luxury estate could be in the South of France. Instead, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Port Elliot — and it’s superb!
The magnificent bluestone house, Waverley Estate, is set on four acres and decorated in a distinctive French provincial style. The estate can sleep 22 people, making it a big hit for weddings, hen’s weekends, family reunions, work conferences, cooking classes, and art and meditation retreats.
The main house boasts two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with an industrial sized oven (ideal for catering), and a lounge and dining room with open fireplace, and looks out onto five semi-self-contained bedrooms with ensuites.
Outside, the traditional lawn tennis court can be converted into the perfect pitch for backyard cricket and sunrise yoga. Or if you’re getting married, it easily slips into a magical setting with a large marquee, lavish long tables and fairy lights, overlooking the solar-heated swimming pool.
The proud-as-punch owner Campbell has thought of everything. “Every bride wants to capture their special day and Waverley has photo opportunities everywhere you look,” he says.
“From the petanque lawns, the beautiful central courtyard space with fire pit, the 100-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees, the vines and, of course, the 162-year-old house, you’re spoilt for choice.”
Aside from soaking up the beautiful estate, there’s plenty to do while you’re there. Just 150 metres down the drive you’ll find No. 58 Cellar Door & Gallery.
“Combining my two loves of wine and art, this cellar door features gorgeous art from regional, national and, soon, international artists. A curated collection of local providore, from olive oil to soap, and our loved sourdough bread is also on offer, making a beautiful gift or something special for yourself,” Campbell says.
Settle in at one of their long tables inside or cosy up outside on the deck, overlooking the beautiful vines. No. 58 is open Friday to Monday, 10am to 4pm.
While you’ve got a thirst for wine, Thunderbird is a must-visit when you’re in Port Elliot. Also captained by Campbell, you know the experience will be top-notch. This wine bar and restaurant is exactly what The Strand needed to make the strip even more sophisticated.
With a drool-worthy menu, Thunderbird serves up mouth-watering shared-style meals using a regional and seasonal menu. The food is best shared, and with locally made cakes and a selection of cheeses, it’s the perfect spot for a treat or a platter.
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If you’re after something a little stronger, try their wine list. You’ll peruse a collection of boutique local wines from lesser known regions around South Australia, as well as imported varieties from France and Italy. You’ll also find a great selection of craft beers, gin, whisky and spiced rum.
Thunderbird lends itself perfectly to an assortment of events. “Whether you’re after a table for 10 for a brekky catch-up or a cocktail party wanting to take over the whole venue, our architecturally-designed space sets the mood for a sophisticated yet relaxed dining experience. We’d love to welcome you to Thunderbird.”